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Gaga's eau de bloody load, Diddy exposed as 9/11 mastermind, and other music news in brief

Smell ya, shouldn't have to tell ya!
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 11, 2011

The Big Hurt: ICP take on magnets

Would that I could simply post the entire lyric to “Miracles” by INSANE CLOWN POSSE and call it an article.
Plus Slash loves Axl and Dre does Freddie
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 16, 2010

Tattoo you

Dr. Lakra is no more a real doctor than is Dr. Dre or Dr. Demento. The 38-year-old Mexican tattoo artist’s real name is Jerónimo López Ramírez. As for “lakra,” it means “delinquent.” Or so I thought.
Dr. Lakra loves the ink
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 09, 2010

Two great flavors

"When I said that I wanted to use 'What We Do' as a single," Freeway explains, "people said it couldn't happen because it didn't have a hook. You know how the rest of that one goes."
Freeway and Jake One team up to lay it down
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010

Beyond Dilla and Dipset

With a semi-sober face I'll claim that hip-hop in 2010 might deliver more than just posthumous Dilla discs, Dipset mixtapes, and a new ignoramus coke rapper whom critics pretend rhymes in triple-entendres.
Can hip-hop deliver in 2010?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 01, 2010

Interview: Warren G

Humble and nonchalant as ever, Warren G is cooler than Miles Davis smoking an Alaskan cucumber.
Smooth hustler
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009


The Big Hurt: Pratt falls

Spencer Pratt, one of the vacuous props on MTV's realityesque moron drama The Hills , has his beady eyes set on a rap career.
Plus Ringo shills, Yanni sucks
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 12, 2009

Busta Rhymes | Back on My B.S.

Increasingly surrounded by Soulja Boys and Lil Waynes, Busta Rhymes has of late taken on the look of hip-hop's Father Time.
Universal Motown (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  June 05, 2009

He's not a doctor . . .

Around this time four years ago, contemporary hip-hop tastemaker Dawaun Parker faced the same dilemma that most soon-to-be music-school grads negotiate: should he become a performer, a songwriter, or a barista?
. . . but he plays with one in LA. As hip-hop's newest secret weapon — and Dr. Dre's right-hand man — Berklee grad Dawaun Parker is helping resuscitate rap's biggest stars.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 15, 2009

How low can you go?

"Turn down the bass!" a well-meaning fan finally yelled last Saturday night, about a half-hour into Murder by Death's sold-out performance downstairs at the Middle East.
Murder by Death live at the Middle East Downstairs, February 7, 2009
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 10, 2009
New Eminem ft. Dr. Dre and 50!

New Eminem ft. Dr. Dre and 50!

We think it's kind of awesome.  Enjoy before the fun police take it off the internets!  ...
By Fletcher  |  January 07, 2009

Norman Mailer’s ‘White Negro’ gets the treatment

Long before suburban kids began digging Dr. Dre and Tupac, an earlier generation of young white people venerated the jazz and swing music of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s.
Action speaks!
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 15, 2008

Why? so serious?

The lines between avant-garde hip-hop, pop, and indie rock continue to blur with defiance on Alopecia, the third album by the Anticon trio Why?.
Social norms and musical tropes are shunned on the excellent Alopecia
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 10, 2008

The silent rapper

One of the most influential hip-hop MCs of all time, Rakim brought rap from its sing-songy beginnings into its late-’80s golden era with his dense lyrics and virtuoso internal rhyme structures.
What the hell has Rakim been up to?
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  July 21, 2008

On-point tips

A Checklist For A Tribe Called Quest’s Reunion Show
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 21, 2008

A night in Guantánamo

I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 11, 2008


Ho down

Hip-hop has always had a bad rap ( duh-hyuk! ) for misogyny, but when I think back on the long history of articles criticizing the lyrical treatment of women, I have to chuckle.
Remembering the glory days of hip-hop misogyny
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 02, 2008


Twenty years later, Straight Outta Compton holds up better than most of the East Coast albums released around the same time.
Straight Outta Compton, 20th Anniversary Edition | Ruthless/Priority
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007

Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007

Get cirrus

If you know Mike Clouds’s work, it’s likely because of his team-up with A-Frame.
Mike Clouds teams up to go solo on Blown Speaker Project
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 18, 2007

Serious simians

It’s a rock star’s prerogative to get up every morning in the afternoon.
A day spent with Arctic Monkeys reveals the band to be, well, regular guys
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 18, 2007


Putting the pop into the Pops

The screams came from the second balcony at Symphony Hall on Wednesday.
Boston Pops! Opening Night, Symphony Hall, May 9, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 11, 2007

Cheap trills

As you’re hopefully aware, the Virginia coke-rap duo Clipse are coming to the Station on Saturday.
Hyperbole? Not even close.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 28, 2007

F*ck Wit Dre Day

You’ve heard of tribute bands, but have you heard of tribute DJs?
Music seen, February 17, at the Big Easy
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  March 02, 2007

Dead, or immortal?

When Chuck D challenges the status quo, a bunch of fortysomethings nod their heads, but Nas can put the young rappers on the defensive.
Nas’s album title challenges a generation
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  January 24, 2007


“It smells like a middle-school dance,” said username andysad at the LemmingTrail message-board holiday party at Great Scott last Friday.
The LemmingTrail holiday party, Great Scott, December 22, 2006
By WILL SPITZ  |  December 29, 2006


Larger than life

Although predictions that Jay-Z, in his comeback, would pull in the biggest sales numbers of the year were proved wrong (at 680,000, his Def Jam release Kingdom Come ranks third behind Rascal Flatts and Justin Timberlake in 2006), that’s hardly the story
Two kinds of triumph from Jay-Z and the Game
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  December 06, 2006

On the racks: August 29, 2006

. . . plus Method Man, Motorhead, and Pete Yorn
Tego Calderon, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne . . .
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 30, 2006


When in 2002 Francisco "Luny" Saldana and Victor “Tunes” Cabrera left their jobs at a Harvard University cafeteria to make music full-time as Luny Tunes, the word “reggaetón” meant nothing to most English speakers. Listen to five Luny Tunes classics
The rise and triumph of Luny Tunes
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  July 25, 2006

Flashbacks: July 21, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Sam MacLaughlin and Whitney Kimball.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 19, 2006